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Farcaster
02-14-2008, 06:58 PM
With a potential target audience that spans across the country and the globe, its hard to figure out what all the best venues are for promoting the site. Many of you who have come here have come by the very successful invitations posted on Wizards of the Coast or Meetup.com. We've also gotten the word out at places like rpg.net, enworld.org, sjgames.com, Spycraft Games, Heroes Unlimited, and a few others. Still, there is a vast network left untapped where we could potentially be getting the word out. If you know of a particular venue that would be good for us to reach out to, I'd love to hear about it.

Riftwalker
02-14-2008, 10:54 PM
Have you looked into Google Ad-words?

Fuzzy alchemist
02-14-2008, 11:06 PM
Sorry for the intrusion, but the great white games/pinnacle entertainment group boards might draw in an audience that is as of yet untapped. Their section for meeting people is remarkably lacking and they might appreciate a site like this. I can not promise that it would bring a large audience, but it is a possibility. I know I am not vocal on these boards and you have no reason to take my suggestion, but it is an idea.

Farcaster
02-14-2008, 11:07 PM
Yes. Although, I am not talking about advertising aggregates. I'm looking for sites and places roleplayers congregate that we can get the word out at.

rabkala
02-14-2008, 11:54 PM
I have been spelunking around a bunch of forums lately; White Wolfs WoD boards, Eden studios forums, Dark conspiracy forums, and some other random sites. So, anyway I was just browsing away trying to build a better knowledge base of these things and I thought I should make some accounts to start dropping the PNPgames sig around the places. I have yet to start my assault, because I didn't want to seem like a complete spammer...

Basically any game system/rpg with a site might be a good place to start, not unlike the link at Wizards. In a Mutants and Masterminds thread here, I also suggested a little covert name dropping on their forums.

Is that the type of thing you were thinking about?

nijineko
02-16-2008, 10:22 AM
it is likely that word of mouth will be the primary method.... of course, that can be text nowadays as well. it would be wise to target those who have circles of influence and could draw a group of interest related people in all at once.

i feel that advertising the geographic locator is a solid way to go. especially to those who do not have a group yet. after all, poking around on meetup.com reveals that there are at least 40-50 people who are groupless and looking for game, just in the tallahassee area, where i am. if i were to form a group there (likely won't due to cost) even just for one month, that way i could bulk email them a link to pen and paper games and a desc of the geolocator. getting an idea of where people are, is alluring. this might work on an area-by-area basis, and hopefully those people would also spread the word.

i suppose you could be a bit blatant about it. you could require, or offer, sending an email to x number of friends before your submission to join here is complete. some people might be put off if it was a requirement, but i'm just brainstorming here.

or perhaps we who are already members could submit some emails to farcaster, and then an email describing the benefits of membership here and the geolocator could be sent to those people, and also request two or more friends from them who would be interested. this could be done by submitting a list of emails to farcaster, or by using a form to auto-send, or by just copying a post to our email and sending it ourselves.

rabkala
02-16-2008, 10:34 AM
Most people would probably just delete unsolicited email as spam I fear.

nijineko
02-16-2008, 12:19 PM
good point. then having the email come from friends would be important.

also, it might be a good idea to incorporate a tracking element in links from sigs and so forth. would help track who is generating the most results, then we could have brainstorming sessions about what people are doing right.

Maelstrom
02-16-2008, 07:38 PM
Hmm, I am pretty new to the online community for role players, and was lucky enough to stumble on it at the Wizards site. Are there review sites spefically for D&D/RP related material (similar to what there is for console/computer gaming)?

They might be a good source, if you could have them review this site as a tool. The matchmaking capability of this of the player registry is unmatched, so there would no doubt be a positive review.

cplmac
02-17-2008, 08:32 PM
I was thinking that if a local Gaming/Hobby store would be willing to, maybe there could be a link put onto their web site. Of course, we would all have to supply Farcaster with the web site so that he could contact them.

boulet
02-17-2008, 10:53 PM
I was thinking that if a local Gaming/Hobby store would be willing to, maybe there could be a link put onto their web site. Of course, we would all have to supply Farcaster with the web site so that he could contact them.Makes sense to me. Just have to find this damn store :D

Maelstrom
02-18-2008, 05:15 AM
Even better, a chain.

In the South/West DC area Game Parlor is king. They've got two locations that are pretty popular with local gamers:

http://www.gameparlor.com/

nijineko
02-20-2008, 09:50 AM
so... just playing around with a banner i tossed together this morning. opinions?

Maelstrom
02-20-2008, 10:42 AM
Nice, Nijineko!

nijineko
02-20-2008, 11:14 AM
that is actually my first ever banner. never made one before. just tossed a few things together and did some touch-up and special effects. i can come up with more. just need raw materials to work with. i'm great at modifying existing stuff, slower at creating from scratch.

Farcaster
02-20-2008, 01:30 PM
Its very nice, Nijineko! Very good work!

Mulsiphix
02-20-2008, 06:39 PM
that is actually my first ever banner. never made one before. just tossed a few things together and did some touch-up and special effects. i can come up with more. just need raw materials to work with. i'm great at modifying existing stuff, slower at creating from scratch.Be wary of existing stuff. If anything is copyrighted don't bother including it. Most of my original banner thread was "borrowed" images. When I found out such borrowing was not desirable I just deleted the thread. Original or public domain goodies preferred :cool:

nijineko
02-21-2008, 03:12 AM
i'm an artist and writer myself, so i'm sensitive to those issues. =D but i never mind a reminder.

Jonathan Kwiat
02-24-2008, 12:04 AM
I predict you are going to find this like "trying to herd cats."

I am planning to go to I-Con, which is an Uber-Con at Stony-Brook College Campus in Long Island.

To paraphrase Yogi Berra "That Con is so Busy Nobody Goes There Anymore."

Don't worry with time though good community makes an impact just keep up the good work.

rabkala
02-24-2008, 12:46 AM
Nice. I have never actually gone to any con in a costume. I suppose I should more freely accept the title of Geek. I have gone to renaissance fairs in chain mail, that almost counts.
Hmmm... bumper stickers on people.

nijineko
02-24-2008, 12:53 AM
some lady was selling her... ah... bosom as advertising space a while back, on ebay, no less. and another enterprising gent was selling ad space on his vehicle.

Jonathan Kwiat
02-24-2008, 10:08 PM
> This was just about my past experiences about I-con,

go yourself if you are in the neighbhorhood.

Yeah I found you gals and guys through the locator feature. I was fed up with the list serves I had to deal with in the past and the old find a game routine at WotC not only seemed to limited me to the games I saw but also what I could offer.

I like Arcana Evolved a lot. I have never got to play that system seriously.

> Extraneous so I delted this post.

Again, this is way too chatty...

I delted this.

I could do open source fonts on that banner but that Earth with the radar scope is beyond me.

Superflous...

sorry I am way too chatty in public spaces...

this is all about Convention Stuff, Roleplaying Game Conventions.

Anaesthesia
02-24-2008, 10:48 PM
I predict you are going to find this like "trying to herd cats."

I am planning to go to I-Con, which is an Uber-Con at Stony-Brook College Campus in Long Island.


Funny, I was going to sugest doing a table at a con, such as Big Apple Con, or at least give out a bunch of postcards/flyers whatever there (AnimeNext and Otakon had flyers and postcards out the wazoo). But I would imagine having a table at big con like Big Apple or Otakon would be really expensive.

I was thinking for a while to a uber-mini-meetup D&D thing sometime in October and if you came in costume, you'd get XP... (I do have the space, btw.)

My gaming store sucks. They don't like people advertising (even if it's a flyer about someone looking for a game).

Jonathan Kwiat
02-24-2008, 10:59 PM
That's funny, when you mentioned "big apple con" my head snapped up to how far away from me you were and for a sec I thought the code Farcaster had put in place wasn't working.

But it is, you are 74 miles away from me.

Well your avatar looks like something from Shrek 2 so I hope I'll remember you. I've see you before, of course.

Anaesthesia
02-25-2008, 10:55 AM
That's funny, when you mentioned "big apple con" my head snapped up to how far away from me you were and for a sec I thought the code Farcaster had put in place wasn't working.

But it is, you are 74 miles away from me.

Well your avatar looks like something from Shrek 2 so I hope I'll remember you. I've see you before, of course.

Yep-I'm that far away from NY! I was thinking of going to Big Apple 07, but never had the time to put in work for a costume.

There's so many more gamers in NY than in PA.:( If I lived closer to NY, I'd try to find a group.

:rolleyes: I happen to be a big fan of Puss. I kinda want to get an avatar from a particular scene in Shrek 3-when Shrek walks up to the 2 kids playing something that rather looks a lot like D&D.

Anyway. If there's anything I could do for you, Farcaster at a con, let me know.

nijineko
02-29-2008, 01:17 AM
hmmmm, i could probably recreate that earth logo bit without too much trouble completely on my own. ^^ that would absolutely nix and copyright issues. just needed to let it sit on the back burner for a bit to figure out how i could manage it. ^^

give me a few days/weeks or so, and i'll see about v2.0 of my banner. =D

Jonathan Kwiat
03-01-2008, 01:28 AM
There are many good ways to make the banner GPL or something and turn over rights to the board if you want.

But you know that better then I so I ain't gonna tell somebody with more graphical skill then me how to do his stuff.